Category: Products / synth / digital/sample
Added: 10-Oct-07 | Author: admin
New price: discontinued | S/H price: 500 - 600 euros
Quasimidi RavenThe Raven came along towards the end of Quasimidi's lifespan and was an all in one wunderkeyboard with sequencer, sounds, arpegiator, fx etc... You could bang out tunes on it with ease, and it was geared to work in a pattern based way with typical dancey, banging, euro styles. Not that it can't do more, but you will often hear it talked of as 'not a proper synth', with people knocking the unit for it's building-block approach to making music... but it was quite clever.
To sequence step stuff like drums for example, it has a 16-step grid like a Roland TR grid, but as you can see in the image, it's mapped with a graphic on the casing above the keys so that each key is a grid-step - The the keys become the 'steps' you press to input notes at those steps... quite nifty, you can see some of that in the video on this page.
So, dismissed as a toy by some and yet with hidden depths - The fact is tho, when teamed up with a typical home-studio computer studio it can yeild great results, and is a great unit for live gigging to rpoved your meat and potatoes sounds... I think the whole way to look at this synth is that they wanted to gratify a growing band of dance fans who desired to make the style of music in a fairly simple 'all in one' solution... and theres nothing wrong with that, but underneath lurkes an ability to be used with a pc rig, clocked and working as a multi-timbrel sound device.
It's got 512 3-osc sounds as standard which are based on waves stored in 6mb of sample ROM. Quasimidi released the RavenMAX card soon after, which came with tons of new sounds, expanding the unit's wave sample memory to 14mb in total. In essense it's got an 8 track sequencer which puts together songs from 'patterns' - 'patterns' being like a group of midi-parts in a software sequencer arrangement... drums, bass, synth etc 'parts' all go to make a 'pattern'. Patterns can then be strung into songs, transposed, etc. There's alot of emphasis in terms of fucntionality on playing parts & sequencing them & quantising etc.
Also it's more than a synth cos it's also a drumbox with a drum sequencer (and even more drums and percussion sounds if you can get the rarer exansion card) The Raven has all the usual classic dance/urban drumboxes sounds included and some old-skool box sounds too). The Raven also does a pallette of synth, basses, organs, etc, and arranges sounds into such groups for selection. It's also got that very comprehensive arpeggiator... Combine all that with 2 fx units and some creativity, and yes, it can do some great stuff!
Anyways, not to be overlooked. They arent too expensive due to them not having a 'real synth' old school appeal; built pretty well, wooden end cheeks etc, lol, nice fat sound, 2 mod wheels and all euro dance/trance sounds.. check it out.
A short example on how to make a few quick and simple patterns with the internal pattern sequencer o...
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